Neuropathy

Physical Medicine Institute

B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME

Interventional Orthopedic & Physical Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

It’s estimated that over 20 million people in the United States live with some degree of neuropathy. If you’re bothered by unexplained tingling or weakness in your muscles, you can find nonsurgical solutions at Physical Medicine Institute in Sherman Oaks, California. B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME, specializes in the latest interventional injections using anesthetics and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help you heal without invasive surgery. If you’re limited by neuropathy symptoms, call Physical Medicine Institute or request a diagnostic evaluation through the online booking system today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy describes an injury to a nerve that affects its ability to transmit signals to your brain and other parts of your body.

Damage to your peripheral nervous system can be the result of a fall, deep cut, or other type of acute injury. Many people develop neuropathy-related pain and other symptoms because of overuse injuries common with the repetitive movements involved in sports or other activities.

Neuropathy can also occur because of underlying chronic health conditions, including:

  • Lupus
  • Diabetes
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

In the early stages of neuropathy, you may experience symptoms that occur only occasionally. Without treatment, however, your symptoms can be severe enough to disrupt your quality of life and ability to stay active.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy depend on what type of nerve is injured. Your peripheral nervous system controls many functions of your body outside of your brain and spinal cord. It also provides sensations to your arms, legs, fingers, and hands.

If you have damage to the motor nerves that control your movements, you may experience muscle weakness, twitching, or cramping. Damage to your sensory nerves can cause numbness or tingling in your feet and hands, as well as balance issues.

Your autonomic nerves control unconscious activities like digestion and breathing. If they’re damaged, you may experience excessive sweating, gastrointestinal issues, or changes in your blood pressure.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

During your diagnostic evaluation for neuropathy, Dr. Tabibian reviews your symptoms and medical history. He asks about your work and lifestyle to determine the possible causes of your nerve damage.

To evaluate the function of your peripheral nervous system, Dr. Tabibian uses electrodiagnostic testing. These tests may include a nerve conduction velocity test, which delivers low electrical currents into specific nerves to measure nerve function. 

You may also need an electromyogram (EMG), a test that measures electrical signals that travel through your muscles.

Once he confirms the root cause of your neuropathy, Dr. Tabibian customizes a treatment plan that focuses on interventional injections and regenerative medicine therapies to ease your pain and other symptoms.

How is neuropathy treated?

To treat nerve damage without surgery, Dr. Tabibian uses interventional injections of anesthetic medicine to block nerve signals that cause pain. He can also inject steroids to reduce inflammation in an area that’s pressing on your nerve.

Regenerative medicine can increase how quickly and efficiently nerve damage heals. Dr. Tabibian uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a substance found naturally in your body that contains growth factors to heal your nerves.

Injections of PRP trigger your body to produce new cells to repair damage in your nerves and can delay or prevent the need for surgery.

If you have frequent numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for neuropathy by calling Physical Medicine Institute, or request an appointment through the online booking system today.